So excited to share my conversation with my friend Billy Cunningham, an incredibly humble Philadelphia legend! Billy was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY alongside his three siblings.

Early in life, Billy realized he had a love and passion for the game of basketball. He was fortunate enough to go to the University of North Carolina and to this day, he is recognized as one of the best players in the school’s history. After graduating from college in 1965, he played professionally for nine years, playing for both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Carolina Cougars. He was on the team that won the 76ers NBA Championship in 1967 with the famous Wilt Chamberlin, who is considered one of the greatest players of all time.

His career came to an end in 1976 and after a short stint in broadcasting for CBS, he was hired as the head coach of the 76ers from 1977 to 1985. In 1983, he led the team to win the NBA Championship, which was the last team ever in Philadelphia history to win an NBA title.  Billy talks a lot about this team and the humble and incredible team members such as Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, and Julius Erving—all considered some of the best players in NBA history.

In 1986, Billy was inducted into NBA Hall of Fame and in 1996 he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.  His jersey number 32 is retired, however, he allowed it to be worn by the legendary Charles Barkley, who he also coached.

After retiring from coaching in 1985, he went on to be one of the co-founders of the Miami Heat NBA team, which was a remarkable entrepreneurial journey. After building that team into a true success, he sold his share in 1994 for a very profitable number. Over the past 20+ years, Billy has continued on with tremendous success in business, becoming a very keen investor in different businesses.

I personally think that one of his greatest successes has been his 53 yearlong marriage to his awesome wife and my good friend Sondra Cunningham. Together they have two beautiful daughters Stephanie and Heather and four grandchildren!

Hope you enjoy the interview!

Super excited to share my conversation with my friend, Keith Jones, who is a news anchor at NBC10 in Philadelphia! Big shout out to our mutual friend, Rosemary Connors, who is also an anchor at NBC10 and was kind enough to make the connection!

Keith grew up in a small town called New Egypt in New Jersey with his parents and two brothers. He then went on to Villanova University, which played a tremendous role in his life. During his time at Villanova, he was the manager and practice player for the men’s basketball team. It was through this that sparked his interest in broadcasting!

After graduating from Villanova in 2007, Keith took a leap of faith and dove headfirst into the broadcasting industry. He started from the very bottom: beginning in Harrisonburg, Virginia for two years, then made his way to Pittsburgh for three years. In 2012, Keith had the exciting and rare opportunity to return to Philadelphia to NBC10 at age 27 (making him the youngest anchor in the Philadelphia area).

Over the past seven years, Keith covered an extensive amount of intriguing stories that he tells us about. Not only does Keith detail his broadcasting career but he was also kind enough to talk about the passing of his late girlfriend Cara McCollum, who died tragically in a car accident in 2016. Keith can most definitely serve as a role model to anyone that been through a similar type of adversity. Keith also talks about the angels that arose in his life after this tragedy, such as his amazing new girlfriend Devon and past podcast guests Father Rob Hagan and Coach Wright and the entire Villanova basketball family. I hope you enjoy listening to Keith’s story as much as I did!

Hi everyone! Super excited to share my conversation with Villanova Head Basketball Coach Jay Wright, who is most well-known for winning the 2016 and 2018 National Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. This podcast is also a special tribute to my dad, Tony Hayden, who passed away peacefully on October 9th at the age of 74 and was a lifelong Philadelphia basketball sports fan. I interviewed Coach Wright on Wednesday, September 26th and that night I gave my dad a sneak preview to the interview. My dad was one of the toughest critics of all time and I am happy to report that he loved every second of my conversation with Coach Wright! I hope you guys do too!

Quick background on Coach Wright: he and his wonderful wife named Patty have three children. Coach was born and raised right outside of Philadelphia in Bucks County where he went to Council Rock High School and then Bucknell University. He had a marketing job right out of college in Philadelphia before he took his first coaching job in 1984 at the University of Rochester. He went on to be the Assistant Coach at Drexel University, then Villanova University, and then the University of Nevada. He moved on to Head Coach at Hofstra University in 1994 and finally, Villanova in 2001.

Although Coach Wright has had an incredible amount of success, it’s important to remember that he started from the very bottom. Just like anyone else, he experienced a tremendous amount of failure and setbacks throughout his career and has had to use grit, perseverance, and a positive attitude to get to where he is today. What I absolutely loved the most about my conversation with Coach Wright is that even with all of his success, he is still the most humble and kindest person ever.